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I was so wary of help and advice from others, that when I was referred into EIP, I felt I could relax in a way that I hadn't been able to in so long. Upon referral, I initially met with my designated Care Coordinator (CC). She became my 'guide' to the service as she led me through recovery. Having a CC worked so well for me as an individual - I think being so scared and unsure initially meant I was well suited having just one person of contact whom I could build trust, familiarity and security with. 

My CC helped me evaluate the things I was doing in life that were more Unhelpful than Helpful and I started making small changes for the better. Looking at my symptoms closely helped me to identify when things were getting worse - or better; important for being able to ask for help. For me, I felt medication was a good route to try in tandem with talking therapies, but everybody finds different things useful. 

Slowly the fog started lifting and I began to feel more like me again. I was able to make good use of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) sessions with my CC and sessions with the team Psychologist. This helped me understand the way I was feeling when I developed psychosis and look at new ways of coping in future situations. 

With the continued support of EIP across three years I feel like 'me' again; I have recently been discharged from the service and am no longer on any medication. I am very ambitious in my career, working full time for the last 2.5 years and am enjoying being a first time mum to my 10 month old baby!

 

The EYE Project is a research project supported by:

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Swandean, Arundel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3EP